Aircraft manufacturer has announced a $5 million, multiyear gift to the to expand a program that assists service members returning to civilian life.
The program provides transition services to individuals leaving the military, as well as their spouses and families, twelve to eighteen months before their transition and up to twelve months beyond their date of separation. Through the program, USO "scouts" work one-on-one with transitioning service members at support centers to identify personal and professional goals while connecting them to the resources needed for a successful transition to the civilian workforce.
Boeing's gift will enable the program to assist more than two hundred thousand service members over three years and launch eight new support centers across the country. The USO hopes to expand the program to twenty-five centers nationally by 2020, enabling it to reach 80 percent of all active-duty service members preparing to transition each year.
"We are proud to support our nation's military beyond the battlefield," said Dennis Muilenburg, the company's chair, president, and CEO. "That includes a commitment to hiring veterans and investing in their families and communities. Through our support of the USO Pathfinder program, we aim to help transform the transition experience for service members and ensure our heroes succeed in their next mission after military service."